Liberal School Board Votes To Destroy Revolutionary Mural Showing Washington's Slaves For Being 'Racist'

Just one of 13 panels in Victor Arnautoff’s ‘The Life of Washington’ set to be destroyed by San Francisco School Board for being racist.

Just one of 13 panels in Victor Arnautoff’s ‘The Life of Washington’ set to be destroyed by San Francisco School Board for being racist.

In a decision that has inflamed passions around art censorship — even among liberals — the San Francisco School Board has voted to paint over the 83-year-old mural ‘The Life of Washington’, painted by Victor Arnautoff, a New Deal muralist celebrated for his accurate telling of American history.

In addition to depicting Washington as a storied soldier, surveyor, statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the 13-panel, 1,600-square foot mural at George Washington High School features disruptive images of white men standing over the body of a Native American as well as slaves working at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

Arnautoff’s refusal to omit the more controversial aspects of Washington’s history were designed to call attention to “uncomfortable facts” about America’s first president.

“We on the left ought to welcome the honest portrayal,” Richard Walker, a professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley and director of the history project, Living New Deal said, adding that destroying a piece of art “is the worst way we can deal with historic malfeasance, historic evils.”

Mark Sanchez, vice president of the school board and a third-grade teacher, said students who must walk past the mural during the school day don’t have a choice about seeing the harmful images. “Painting it over represents not only a symbolic fresh start, but a real fresh start,” writes TIME

Lope Yap, Jr., vice president of the Washington High School Alumni Association and a 1970 graduates, disagreed, saying when he was a student and saw the mural he was “awed by the subtle ways Arnautoff was able to critique American history.” He said the depictions are “treasures, priceless art” and painting it over is tantamount to pretending the history depicted never happened.

AOC covered the controversy in-depth in May. One assumes that a lawsuit will be filed, especially over concerns about a growing trend to destroy art deemed racist or offensive by groups of America’s diverse population. Calling such a factually correct, and revolutionary at the time artwork “racist” sends chills up and down the spines of Americans clamoring for historical honesty in public spaces.

The New York Times has a program inviting students to critique and engage in dialogue around controversial issues like this one. The edited commentary equally represents both sides, but as the NYTimes writes, what’s most encouraging is the dialogue among students with diverse viewpoints. Inspiring — even if the controversy is not. ~ Anne

Part Of Healing at The Golden Door Spa in California Is its Philanthropy + Gaia Caretaker Mission

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A 7-night stay at The Golden Door spa will cost you $9650, not including gratuities. You will be surrounded by 600 acres of native hills, meadows, Japanese gardens and citrus groves. At your disposal are 12 mountain or meadow hikes; 7 world class gyms; 2 swimming pools, 2 labyrinths, 5 acres of bio-intensive gardens and more.

The list of Golden Door facilities and amenities continues, bur one of the most important life-centering, healing experiences isn’t quantified. Surely The Golden Door’s philanthropy mission is not experienced to the same degree by every guest. And many of the spa’s guests are world-prominent philanthropists and big givers themselves.

The Cleveland Clinic confirms that health benefits associated with giving include:: 1) Lower blood pressure, 2) Increased self-esteem, 3) Less depression, 4) Lower stress levels, 5) Longer life, and 6) Greater happiness.

The Golden Door’s activities and treatment platform are designed to activate higher levels of ‘feel good’ chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin in the brains of clients. One can’t isolate how knowing that 100% of all net profits from The Golden Door support charities working with victims of abuse. Recipients include the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Whole Planet and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

When Joanne Conway — a 22-time Golden Door guest and wife of Carlyle Group founder Bill Conway — acquired The Golden Door in 2012 for $25 million, she was determined to return the spa to all its glory. Conway hired fashion industry veteran Kathy Van Ness as COO and General Manager of The Golden Door in August 2013.

The two women have not looked back. They closed the spa’s doors for two years and a $15 million renovation. Departures shared the reopening story in July 2015. Bloomberg profiled The Golden Door in May 2018.

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On the topic of Sustainability, a topic in about 30% of articles written at AOC these days, The Golden Door has an articulated policy:

There are people in this region who believe there is magic in the mountains that surround Golden Door. We think that magic is simply the increasingly rare experience of earth that is understood to be both national patrimony and the future of us all. We take only what we need from the land and are committed to giving back as much. This land is magical. And we intend to keep it that way.

Most recently Golden Door Farms has transplanted thirty-five 30-year-old Manzanillo olive trees from a commercial orchard, added 131-acres of citrus groves to the brand’s agricultural holdings and brought a new life to over seventy-five acres of now fruitful avocado groves. La Jolla Mom shares news of the grand opening of The Golden Door’s new organic farm stand.

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White Nationalist James Fields Jr, Heather Heyer's Charlottesville Assasin, Sentenced To Life In Prison

James Fields, Jr., the white supremacist who murdered Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others driving his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 has received a life sentence in federal prison.

Prosecutors had argued that Mr. Fields’s racist, anti-Semitic beliefs motivated his decision to attend the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and use his automobile in an act of domestic terrorism. Thomas T. Cullen, the United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, said after hearing the sentence that the case set a precedent for future instances of domestic terrorism.

Mr. Fields was one of hundreds of young white supremacists who swarmed Charlottesville in August 2017, marching with tiki torches shouting “The Jews will not replace us.”

President Trump’s subsequent assertion that bad actors on “many sides’ were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville was reviled by millions of Americans.

James Fields, Jr. drives his Dodge Challenger into the Charlottesville crowd as it was disbanding, killing Heather Hyer and injuring many who protested against the white nationalists rally.

James Fields, Jr. drives his Dodge Challenger into the Charlottesville crowd as it was disbanding, killing Heather Hyer and injuring many who protested against the white nationalists rally.